- For the version of this character before the Super Genesis Wave, see Vanilla the Rabbit (Pre-Super Genesis Wave).
Vanilla the Rabbit is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. She is a mobian rabbit and Cream the Rabbit's mother. Together with her daughter, their Chao and Gemerl, she lives in Mobotropolis on Westside Island.
Vanilla is a cream-colored rabbit with a white muzzle, brown eyes and a tuft of light brown/orange hair. She has light brown/orange markings around her eyes and on the ends of her lopped ears. She wears a long light pink/purple dress with a white trim and a fitted burgundy vest, an orange or blue ascot, white gloves with gold cufflinks, and low-heeled burgundy shoes.
Vanilla and Cream lived peacefully in Mobotropolis on Westside Island. But six years after her daughter's birth, Dr. Eggman kidnapped Vanilla and her daughter and held them hostage to Sonic the Hedgehog. Soon, Vanilla was freed and reunited with her daughter thanks to Sonic, but Eggman had another trick up his sleeve and snatched Vanilla away. However, Super Sonic managed to save her again and defeat the doctor. Cream and her mother went back to living peacefully and Vanilla was grateful to Sonic ever since.
Later on, Vanilla took Cream and Cheese to the beach for some fun. Instead, they found the largely damaged Gemerl laying helplessly in the sand. Seeing this, Vanilla took the robot to Miles "Tails" Prower, who repaired the robot and gave him a good personality. She then took Gemerl with her to live in their cottage with Cream, Cheese and Chocola so that he could live a peaceful, happy life. While still living comfortably with her family, Cream returned one day with a new friend, Blaze the Cat, whom she had found on the ground earlier. Vanilla insisted that the reluctant princess stay for tea, which she eventually did and explained her story over the table. Vanilla advised her to see Sonic for help and she allowed Cream to accompany her on her journey.
Shattered World Crisis
At the beginning of the Shattered World Crisis, Vanilla and King Acorn contacted Cream and the Freedom Fighters through video-link after they had rescued the citizens of Station Square. There, Cream assured Vanilla that she was fine, and Vanilla told her to stay close to the Freedom Fighters and that she would look after Chocola with Gemerl's help. The two rabbits bid their goodbyes and Vanilla left the transmission to the king. Later, Vanilla was called by her daughter to send Gemerl to help her and her friends during M'egga Man's rampage through the city.
Vanilla is very demure and polite, and very well-versed in manners and proper etiquette. She is very loving and kind, and is shown to be a very concerned parent, but will allow her daughter to go into dangerous situations if someone is there to hold her hand.
She also is incredibly kind and hospitable to others and is willing to let anyone into her home and tend to their needs, from food to clothing to a place to sleep. She balances being a good mother and being a good friend surprisingly well.
- Vanilla is named after the flavor extracted from the vanilla bean, commonly used in desserts.
- Vanilla is the only parent to a Sega video game character in the comic series who actually originates from the video games (and by extension from Sega themselves) instead of being created for the comic.